The king of twee Wes Anderson is back, Elijah Wood needs to hit the perfect keys to stay alive, Jake Gyllenhaal is seeing double, and Jason Bateman needs to have his mouth washed out with soap.
"The Grand Budapest Hotel" (limited)
Director: Wes Anderson Cast: Ralph Fiennes, Tony Revolori, F. Murray Abraham, Mathieu Amalric, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Jude Law, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Saoirse Ronan, Jason Schwartzman, Tilda Swinton, Tom Wilkinson, Owen Wilson
Synopsis: The adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend.
The king of twee Wes Anderson (The Darjeerling Limited, The Royal Tenenbaums, Hotel Chevalier, Moonrise Kingdom) is back with a new cast of characters with a murder to solve, a hotel to manage, and priceless work of art to recover.
Part 1: Dwight McCarthy is summoned by his former lover, Ava Lord, who wants his help to escape her abusive husband, billionaire Damien Lord (Marton Csokas). However, Dwight soon learns that Ava’s true intentions are more sinister than they appear; Part 2: On the night John Hartigan meets up with Nancy in “That Yellow Bastard”, Marv regains consciousness on a highway overlooking the Projects, surrounded by dead young men, and unable to remember how he got there; Part 3: Johnny, a cocky gambler, disguises a darker mission to destroy the biggest villain in Sin City at his own game. He beats the wrong man and events take a turn for the worse. Along the way, he meets a young stripper named Marcy; Part 4: Set after Hartigan’s suicide at the end of “That Yellow Bastard”, this story centers around Nancy trying to cope with his death.
This trailer wins against any movie trailer that has come out in the last month. We are going to get some graphic awesome. My copy of the first Sin City is just begging to be re-watched. Here are some of my favorite moments from the trailer and some of my commentary when I watched it:
A new reboot of the Marvel comic Fantastic Four is nearing production and with it the (sort of) announcement of the cast. Though some of the casting haven’t been made official, some of the cast have confirmed their involvement in the project. Ladies and gentlemen, your new team of superheroes: Miles Teller (Reed Richards/Mr. Fantastic), Kate Mara (Sue Storm/The Invisible Woman), Michael B. Jordan (Johnny Storm/The Human Torch), and Jamie Bell (Ben Grimm/The Thing).
CONGRATULATIONS to 12 Years a Slave for winning BEST PICTURE at the Academy Awards this weekend. And with that, history has been made. 12 Years a Slave becomes the first film with a black director to ever winner this top award as well as the first “black film” (black director, black screenwriter, majority black cast) to do so as well. I still can’t believe that I was in a room with Steve McQueen some months back at the New York Film Festival, patted him on the back, exchanged smiles with him, and heard him speak on this incredible film. 12 Years a Slave topped my Best in Film 2013 list so of course I agree wholeheartedly with the Academy.
I say this every year (and it’s really true) but this year was the best year I have ever spent at Sundance because of the people I met, the films I saw, and the events I attended. Here is a recap:
A total of 15 films (some great, some not so great) thanks to my handy dandy press pass:
Hellion (Aaron Paul, Juliette Lewis, Josh Wiggins) “…a film that stands on the shoulders of the actors performances much more the story itself that ebbs and flows without carving a completely definitive dramatic course. The film concludes on a satisfyingly moving ending but struggles to justify the time it took to get there.” [C]
The Sleepwalker(Brady Corbet, Christopher Abbott, Gitte Witt) “Unfortunately, the film suffers most from not delivering on all the tense and taunt moments promised to us.” [C]
Infinitely Polar Bear(Mark Ruffalo, Zoe Saldana) “What comes from it is a very tender yet playful family drama, that offers one of the best performances from Mark Ruffalo to date.” [B+]
The Skeleton Twins(Bill Hader, Kristen Wiig) “I find that Wiig isn’t faring greatly compared to her SNL counterpart with the transition to more drama as evidenced by her latest films. I think she is having trouble conveying how they all differ. This film is very much a Hader moment.” [B]
The only thing that sustains music conservatory school student Andrew (Miles Teller) is his determination to be one among the biggest jazz greats who have ever lived, to be in the company of men like Charlie Parker. His instrument of choice? The drums. Andrew feels that to make it one step closer to his goal, he has to get a seat in the jazz studio band of Terence Fletcher (JK Simmons), a tyrannical conductor who is known to verbally terrorize and emasculate his pupils all in the name of finding the greatness within.
My fifth day at the festival started off strong with a movie that went beyond my expectations, lulled in the middle with me falling asleep during a movie, and ended with a interesting crime thriller.
This is definitely a film for anyone who sees music as a life line to the world. Song Oneis a transformative film, a story of the journal of a young woman named Franny (Anne Hathaway) through her recently comatose younger brother’s life and love of music using his journal as her guide.